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Gov. Newsom and Sen. Nielsen, respond to PG&E shutoffs

Governor Newsom criticized PG&E for neglecting its power-supplying equipment. Senator Nielsen is also reacting to the shutoff.

Posted: Oct 11, 2019 9:00 AM

CALIFORNIA - As the shut-off continues for some, California Governor Gavin Newsom had some harsh words for PG&E. Senator Jim Nielsen is also reacting to the shutoff.

Governor Newsom criticized PG&E for neglecting its power-supplying equipment. He said the utility should have modernized it in response to a changing climate, he says it has made California more susceptible to wildfires.

"It's decisions that were not made that have led to this moment in PG&E's history, it is not conditioned. This is not from my perspective, a climate change story, as much as a story about greed and mismanagement."

Newsom has not yet said if he would call for a state of emergency.

Northstate Senator Jim Nielsen is also reacting to the power shut-off. He released a statement saying in part, "PG&E's decision to protect itself from liability at the expense of hardworking Californians will not be tolerated. We depend on electricity to live and earn a living." 

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